March - April Educational Family Discussion Group Topics

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the NAMI Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara, NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder.  Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide.  These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.

Upcoming topics are:    

March 26 - Understanding the role of Empathy in Mental Health Recovery

April 2 - Understanding New Technologies for Mental Health Treatment - Daniel Amen YouTube
April 9 - Understand Mental Illness Through Eyes of Ill Person
April 16 - How to Communicate with Psychotic, Agitated Person
April 23 - How to Elicit Cooperation from Ill Relative
April 30 - How to Practice Self-Care

For more information contact Tom Franklin,

We Need Your Ideas for Topics/Speakers for Monthly NAMI “Speaker” Meeting

What Topics around mental illness or mental health would you like to know more about?  The whole purpose of our monthly speaker program is to provide interesting and important information about topics of interest to our members.  Please take a few minutes to send us any recommendations you have and we’ll do our best to create a program to address the topic.  Please send your thoughts to:

Mental Wellness Center
617 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

Winter 2019 NAMI Family to Family Class Set to Begin Wednesday, February 6, 2019

If you or a friend have a family member living with a mental health disorder, the NAMI Family to Family class can be tremendously helpful in understanding mental illness and how to more effectively cope with the impact on the entire family. Family to Family is a 12 class program taught by specially trained and NAMI certified family members who have dealt with issues surrounding mental health disorders in their own families.  Past participants have found the program invaluable in helping them to--- not just understand mental health disorders and how they affect the individual who lives with them and their family--- but also how to best support both the ill individual and themselves.  For more information or to register, contact Family Advocate Ramona Winner:  884-8440, Ext. 3206;   

Calling All Family Support Group/Family Discussion Group Members for Holiday Celebration

On Thursday evening, December 20 at 6:00 pm in the large conference room at the Mental Wellness Center, our two weekly groups will meet jointly to celebrate the holidays with a light buffet and refreshments provided compliments of NAMI.  If you are a regular or occasional member of either or both of these groups, please join us for the fun.  For more information contact Ramona Winner, or Tom Franklin,